Beaver Creek Family Tip Sheet 2011-2012
 
Families know that Beaver Creek can’t be beat when it comes to choosing a winter vacation destination. Enjoy quality time on the snow with expansive terrain for skiers and snowboarders of all abilities and learn from the best at the top-rated Beaver Creek Ski and Snowboard School. Then, continue the fun after the ski day is done with a wide range of activities offered at the resort.. Hosting a different activity each night Beaver Creek showcases fun for all ages with disco tubing, rail jams, family snowshoe tours with cocoa and cookies, and the family-favorite Thursday Night Lights fireworks. The best part is most activities are complimentary.
 
New Kids’ Adventure Attractions
Parents of young skiers and riders know that despite the lure of all of the incredible terrain offered at Beaver Creek, the little ones or those young-at-heart still make a beeline for the Adventure Zones. From Jack Rabbit Alley to Ripperoo’s Retreat, no child’s ski day is complete without making “pizza” turns through teepee’s, across bridges, waving at the hand carved animal statues or high-fiving one another at Ripperoo’s (the kids’ ski school mascot) Retreat. New for 2011-2012, Beaver Creek Children’s Ski School is building a new beginner teepee trail located in the Buckaroo Bowl area on the lower mountain in order to introduce lower level children and families to Kid’s Adventure Zones on the lower part of the mountain. The four ski-through teepees will be located adjacent to the always popular Buffalo Bumps.  Another new addition to the lower mountain will be an all new Ske-Cology trail where kids can follow signs down the mountain to learn about the porcupine.  Already a hit on the upper mountain, Ripperoo’s Retreat will be back this season with some additional tree clearing that will provide kids and families with all new secret stashes.

Afternoon Adventures
Haymaker Tubing Hill provides four lanes of sliding fun for tubers 36 inches and taller each afternoon from 1 p.m. to dusk. Post-ski lessons or a day on the slopes, kids and parents enjoy the lift-served tubing hill and mom and dad can sit at the deck at The Ranch sipping adult beverages or partake. It’s just one more reason family’s love Beaver Creek.
 
Cookies, Cocoa and Corduroy
Kids, and adults, will discover tasty little surprises along every step of the journey at Beaver Creek. Start the day with a complimentary hot chocolate and grooming report served by resort ambassadors as part of the Cocoa and Corduroy program to jump start your day on the slopes and then end the day with a warm chocolate chip cookie served by chefs at Cookie Time. This signature program at Beaver Creek takes place at 3 p.m. daily throughout the winter season and Cookie Time chefs serve nearly 400,000 warm chocolate chip cookies to guests annually.
 
Intimate Village
Beaver Creek’s “beachfront” boasts an array of amenities meeting the slopes. At the base of the mountain’s main Centennial Express Chairlift, skiers and riders are met with dining options such as Foxnut Slopeside Sushi or the Beaver Creek Chophouse to the west and 8100 at the Park Hyatt to the east. In between, convenience is the key with kids’ ski school registration and meeting areas just steps from the snow, comfortable couches to lounge on and the Park Hyatt’s s’mores and fire pit for afternoon snacking. The views are amazing and the area bustles with activity. Escalators handle the heavy lifting at Beaver Creek and carry guests to and from a variety of Village levels off the “beachfront” that include adult ski school, rentals, lift tickets, restaurants, shops, galleries and a year-round outdoor ice rink. At the end of the day be sure to sip an après-ski beverage from one of the many great outdoor decks with heat lamps. No matter where the ski day ends, the cozy pedestrian village is easy to navigate and kids are free to roam about to explore the magical children’s fountain, ice skating rink, statues and more, while parents can relax knowing they are safe.
 
Ski and Snowboard School
New Ripperoo’s Rockin’ Registration
Beaver Creek Kids’ Ski School offers a new guest-focused registration program designed to let parents register and prep kids for their lessons the night of arrival and eliminate the first-morning frenzy felt by many. During peak times, the Kids’ Ski School staff will host Ripperoo’s Rockin’ Registration until 7 p.m. in the children’s ski school lobby to accommodate families arriving from out of town. The key is to register for ski school in advance of arrival and then at the resort let the dedicated kids’ ski school staff entertain your children with face painting, snacks, music, balloons and high fives and hugs from adored ski school mascot Ripperoo. Mom and dad simply complete paperwork, ask questions and get the gear set up in advance, ensuring that the first day on snow is all about learning and fun. Ripperoo’s Rockin’ Registration will be offered on specific dates including Dec. 18, and 26, 2011; Feb. 18-19, 2012; and March 10, 11 and 18, 2012. Visit www.beavercreek.com.
 
Kids’ Ultimate 4 
Kids’ Ultimate 4, the popular Ski School program is now heading into its third season. Featuring a semi-private lesson for up to four kids, advance online reservations are strongly recommended to guarantee your child a spot. More focused instruction is the key along with a focus on skill improvement by Beaver Creek’s top kids’ pros. 2011-2012 pricing is $295 for lesson and lunch and $315 for lesson, lift and lunch.
 
New Nordic Adventures
Known for its scenic 32km dedicated Nordic and Snowshoe track located at the top of Strawberry Park, Beaver Creek’s Nordic Center is offering three new products for 2011-2012. The new Snowshoe Fit Tours will focus on fitness and workouts at 10,000 feet. Families with kids ages 6 and up can enjoy new Guided Family Nature Tours in McCoy Park, exposing younger generations to the beauty of surrounding mountain peaks and also teaching them a fun, new outdoor sport. Finally the new 2011-2012 Nordic Adventure Pass is a three-day discounted pass that allows enthusiasts to mix and match cross country skiing, telemarking, nature snowshoe tours and the new Snowshoe Fit Tours. All snowshoe participants may rent the latest in technology from Atlas Snowshoes at the Nordic Center.* Nordic Center & McCoy Park video
 
Events for the Whole Family
Opening Day and Cookie Competition – Nov. 23, 2011
Celebrate opening day at Beaver Creek and round out the day before Thanksgiving by munching on warm chocolate chip cookies. The eighth annual Beaver Creek Chocolate Chip Cookie Competition takes place opening day of the 2011-2012 winter season, where the top five recipes will be selected to compete for bragging rights as the official cookie of Beaver Creek. Five finalists chosen from a number of fall entries bake and serve 1,000 cookies each on Nov. 23. Hungry skiers and riders vote and the top cookie recipe is chosen and designated as the official Cookie time recipe for the season. For details on the Cookie contest which takes place in the fall, visit www.beavercreek.com.
 
Holiday Tree Lighting and Gingerbread House Competition- Nov. 25, 2011
Tradition holds strong in Beaver Creek as the 31st annual Holiday Tree Lighting in the Village signifies the kickoff of not only another great ski season but also the start of the holiday season at Beaver Creek. For generations families have participated in the Tree Lighting which includes a fireworks display along with a holiday poetry contest, a visit by Santa on a zamboni and in recent years, the Gingerbread House Competition which showcases amazing pieces of gingerbread art forms by local chefs. The Gingerbread Competition entries are auctioned and all proceeds support Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), a local organization serving children in Eagle, Summit, Lake and Clear Creek counties.
 
Beaver Creek Loves Kids and 1st Annual Winterfest
Beaver Creek Resort presents the 1st annual Winterfest celebration this holiday season as part of the popular family program, Beaver Creek Loves Kids. Winterfest will take place from Dec. 18, 2011 – Jan. 1, 2012 and will be a grand celebration of all that is magical about the holidays and winter in the mountains. The two week event will feature theatrical elements and decoration, and interactive family events and activities that are designed to animate Beaver Creek Village and bring the winter and holiday spirit to life. Beaver Creek Loves Kids Winterfest also will feature a great lineup of family events and activities including daily appearances from Santa, a Kids Winter Wonder parade, Disco Skate Nights, figure skating performances, an Animals of Winter presentation by the Denver Zoo, torchlight ski downs, fireworks and more. In addition to Winterfest, Beaver Creek Loves Kids will take place during other holidays throughout the season including President’s Week Feb. 18-25, 2012, Spring Break March 10-31, 2012 and Easter week April 1-7, 2012.

New Talons Kids Rounds Out Talons Weekend
Beaver Creek’s signature Talon’s Challenge event returns March 3, 2012, tackles nearly 24,000 vertical and showcases the mountain’s toughest 13 black and double-black diamond runs in one day. Participants return year after year and come from all over to earn a spot on the electronic wall of fame at Red Tail Camp. Talons is now a draw for young rippers who will be rewarded with their own new Talons Kids March 4, 2012. *Talon’s video

Contact(s)

Sara Lococo

Keystone Communications Manager
Email: slococo@vailresorts.com
Phone: (970) 496-1493
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